Silent Trauma

Judith Barrow’s story is fiction, but the facts are real…

Silent Trauma by Judith Barrow on FlickrWhen Meg Matthews gives a radio interview about the devastating effects a drug has had on her life she has no idea that there will be anyone else who has suffered in a similar way. But soon she is contacted by three other women who share the same terrible secret: Rachel, a woman struggling with a failing marriage, Jackie, with a series of unsuccessful gay relationships behind her and Avril, a recluse. Each one has their own story. Each one believed that they were alone. In any other circumstances their lives would never have crossed but now they are drawn together in friendship because of the terrible consequences of a drug prescribed to pregnant women for over forty years during the middle of the twentieth century. Used ostensibly to supposedly prevent miscarriages Stilboestrol (Diethylstilbestrol DES) caused unforeseen internal damage to the unborn daughters of these women that was not discovered for years. Alone, the four women were powerless; together they are a force to be reckoned with. Determined to bring publicity to the destruction caused by the drug they hit on an unusual and innovative idea to bring it to the public’s attention.

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Les Conditions d’Indemnisation des Victimes du Distilbène se précisent

Le Monde du dimanche, octobre 2012

Le Monde du dimanche 28 et lundi 29 octobre 2012

Le Monde du dimanche 28 et lundi 29 octobre 2012

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WONDER DRUG almost makes it! See @WONDERDRUGMOVIE Pin on Pinterest

The film in development, WONDER DRUG was so very close to winning public votes in a survey by Indiewire. The winning margin was only 3% …

As Carole Devine said: “Thank you to everyone who voted. We are all supportive of screen writer and DES daughter, Caitlin McCarthy in her quest for Wonder DRUG to make it to the big screen.”

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Le Distilbène DES, interdit en France en 1977, six ans après les Etats-Unis d’Amérique!

A lire surtout si votre mère ou grand-mère s’en sont vues prescrire pendant leur grossesse…

Le Distilbène DES, interdit en France en 1977, six ans après les Etats-Unis d'Amérique !Connaissant les risques auxquels avec le DES ils exposaient les femmes – au moins sur une génération – les pouvoirs publics l’ont autorisé et des médecins l’ont largement prescrit pendant 5 à 12 ans dans ces 7 pays…

Le DES fut arrêté chez les femmes enceintes :

  • en 71 aux USA.
  • en 76, soit 5 ans après ! au Canada.
  • en 77, soit 6 ans après ! en France, Autriche, Pays-bas.
  • en 78, soit 8 ans après ! en Australie.
  • en 81, soit 11 ans après ! en Italie.
  • en 83, soit 12 ans après ! en Hongrie.

Utilisé par le suite comme “pilule du lendemain“, il est encore utilisé en Afrique pour provoquer un avortement (2013).

Le Distilbène DES, en savoir plus

Fess-Up on DES: The Petition

Money won’t buy our silence!

Fess-Up on DES @LillyPad #EliLilly ! See on Pinterest and Sign @Royallgal #Petition to #KeepLillyHonest

My mum was prescribed DES in 1970. Eli Elly, and all drug manufacturers in the USA and in countries such as France and the UK where DiEthylStilbestrol continued to be prescribed well after the FDA issued a warning regarding the DES cancer link, should be condemned and should be forced to pay research for DES victims including the third generation (children of DES daughters). Money won’t buy our silence! Fess up on DES and take responsibility!

Signed #473: DES Daughter Network.

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A DES Daughter’s Testimonial Makes Top Story on Hormones Matter Blog

DES – The Drug to Prevent Miscarriage Ruins Lives of Millions

DES Daughter Testimonial Makes Top Story on Hormones Matter Blog
Hormones Matter, an online and community publication dedicated to advancing hormone-health research, is raising awareness about the DES drug scandal. DES Daughter Network joins their team of guest writers.

Read “DES – The Drug to Prevent Miscarriage Ruins Lives of Millionsfull article on Hormones Matter, Feb 5, 2013 .

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CALLING ALL DES Daughters in the UK for Media Opportunity about Breast Cancer Victims

CALLING ALL DES Daughters in the UK for BBC Channel4 Opportunity about Breast Cancer VictimsA UK journalist who has been trying to get TV channels interested in a programme on DES Daughters for more than a year has now got a proposal under consideration, following the out of court settlement in the US which related to breast cancer claimants.  He needs to find a British breast cancer victim who can show, without doubt, that her mother took DES. This is a unique opportunity. If you can help please contact us or  by email

Silent Trauma

Judith Barrow’s fiction book based on Stilboestrol drug

Silent Trauma: Judith Barrow's new fiction book based on Stilboestrol drug

Great news! “Silent Trauma” Judith Barrow’s new book, a fiction built on fact around  the DES story,  is now available on Kindle!

The Story of Silent Trauma is fiction – the facts are real

Congratulations and thank you Judith for all your hard with this book and determination to publish it!

Read an extract

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New Zealand link to USA Breast Cancer Trial over the DES Drug

A DES register was never been set up in NZ

New Zealand link to USA Breast Cancer Trial over the DES DrugProf Paul says during the 1980s she tried to publish research on the problem but her paper was rejected by three journals. She said:

We got the sense that publicity … was not actively sought – indeed the opposite – by doctors

Most health records from the time have since been destroyed, leaving the total number of DES-affected a mystery. Prof Paul said:

“It is a guess now”

Read NZ link to US legal fight over drug, 3news, 19 Jan 2012.

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“Silent Thalidomide” in the UK

Thousands of Mothers and Daughters at Cancer Risk from Pregnancy Drugs

pregnant woman imageTwenty eight comments have been left since this article was published last year. They make an interesting read even though I find some of them quite upsetting … Feel free to click on the arrows to rate these comments.

Read “Silent Thalidomide” in UK: Thousands of Mothers and their Daughters at Risk of Cancer from anti-miscarriage Drugs they took Decades ago”
on the DailyMail, 23 January 2012.

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